The Charlottetown Library is essential in our community. For more than 250,000 visitors each year, it’s a hub for all ages providing easy and affordable access to technology and recreational programs, literacy and lifelong learning, arts and culture, community and gathering.
Across PEI more than 40,000 individuals – more than 1 person in 4 – have library cards. The Charlottetown Library averages 5,000 visitors weekly, more than 250,000 annually, and in 2019 it hosted over 800 programs attended by just under 12,000 children and adults.
The Library plays a key role in providing workspace for telecommuters, free Internet access for people looking for employment opportunities, and educational workshops on a range of subjects from financial planning to English as a second language. Traditional library programs include monthly book clubs, a seniors café, teen advisory group and numerous book launches and author’s series throughout the year. The Library also has a variety of youth-focused programs in the summer and throughout the year, including a hugely popular summer reading series and library activities that attracts over 1,300 children during the summer break. Throughout the year, there are two weekly story times for pre-school aged children, as well as weekly toddler and baby programs
to develop pre-literacy and a love of the written word.